ERIC Number: ED260385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Predictors for Academic Achievement for College Freshman Football Players: An Analysis of Findings.
Cook, Nancy J.; Mottley, Reed R.
Triggered by recent exposures of illiterate college athletes, the academic exploitation of athletes, and the manipulation of educational standards for athletes at all levels, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in January 1983 passed an academic requirements ruling for all Division I schools within the NCAA. "Proposition 48" established academic requirements for athletes attending or planning to attend all Division I colleges. In light of this ruling, a study was conducted to determine predictors for academic success for college football players. Subjects were 59 first semester freshmen, about equally divided by race, at a southern four-year NCAA institution. Subjects' ACT composite scores ranged from 9 to 26 and high school grade point averages from 1.38 to 4.00 on a 4.00 scale. All were considered football athletes based on prior assessment of their athletic abilities, although three had high school GPAs lower than the required 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, and so were not eligible for practice or play. Regressions were used to determine the best predictors for academic success defined as grade point average. Those predictors found most significant were race; the number of games in which the athlete performed; the number of semesters enrolled in a study improvement course; the ACT natural science, mathematics, and social science scores, and the number of semesters needed to prove proficiency in a developmental reading course. (HTH)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment